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War Horse

I recently got round to watching War Horse. Directed by Stephen Spielberg and Based on the inspiring & poignant novel by Michael Morpurgo. This inspiring film features a lad named Albert Narracot (Jeremy Irvine) who lives a quiet existence on on a Farm in Devon with his parents (Peter Mullan & Emily Watson), and a horse named Joey. One day, To his wife’s dismay farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal but his teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey,the two becoming inseparable.

Unfortunately This idyllic existence is rudely shattered by some Soldiers who requisition the horse for the First World War. Unbeknownst to Albert his father sells Joey because he needs the money. and he becomes the mount of Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston) who vows to take good care of Joey.

Albert is Angry when he finds out what has happened, and despite the Captain’s best assurances he vows that when he is old enough he will join the war effort and search for Joey himself.   So Joey goes off to war where he meets a handsome black stallion named Topthorn and sees the horrors of warfare for himself when he is put to work as a cavalry mount, which does not go well. Terrified and riderless after the charge he flees trying to find a place of safety and is taken by German Troops who look after him & put him to work pulling an Ambulance.   He is then stabled with a kindly old French Farmer (Niels Arestrup), whose daughter Emilie (Celine Buckens) takes quite a shine to Joey and looks after him only to have more German troops take him away to pull Gun Carriages.

Unfortunately after an ambush Joey finds himself wandering about in the middle of No-Mans-Land whilst looking for a place of safety.   Wounded & Looking rather bedraggled He is eventually rescued and taken to a vets where, after a lot of persuasion, he is looked after, regains his strength and finds himself reunited with an old friend…

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Guns’n’Roses – Duff ‘n’Axl

The American singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of Guns N’ Roses W. Axl Rose was born on February 6th, 1962. He enjoyed great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Guns’n’Roses, before disappearing from the public eye for several years. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N’ Roses at Rock in Rio 3, and subsequently played periodic concert tours, before releasing the long-delayed album Chinese Democracy in 2008. Rose has also been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.

In addition the former Guns’n’Roses Bass Player, American musician and writer Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan was born 5th February 1964. He had a twelve-year tenure as the bassist of Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with the band, he released a solo album, Believe in Me (1993), and formed the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders.   Following his departure from Guns N’ Roses in 1997,

McKagan briefly reunited with his pre-success Seattle punk band 10 Minute Warning. He then formed the still-active hard rock band Loaded, in which he performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Between 2002 and 2008, he played bass in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with his former Guns N’ Roses band mates Slash and Matt Sorum.   In addition to his musical career, McKagan has also established himself as a writer, and has written weekly columns on a wide variety of topics. A former high school drop-out, he attended Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics in the early 2000s, and subsequently founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock.

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HM Queen Elizabeth II Accession Day Diamond Jubilee

Sixth February 2012 is Accession Day, which marks the start of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which mark Sixty Years since she Accended to the Throne of Great Britain,  following the death of her father King George VI on February 6 1952. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations began with 62-gun Royal Salute on Accession Day. A 21-gun Royal Salute was also carried out by the 105 Regiment Royal Artillery at Edinburgh Castle

at noon and the traditional 41-gun and 62-gun Royal Salute to mark accession day also took place in London at Hyde Park Corner and at the Tower of London by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery the Honourable Artillery Company as is tradition on accession day. A Royal Salute is normally 21 guns, but this is increased to 41 if fired from a Royal Residence and 62 rounds are fired from the Tower of London on Royal anniversaries.

The 85-year-old monarch usually spends the anniversary of her accession privately to mark the passing of her father George VI. But, today she travelled from Sandringham to King’s Lynn to meet local dignitaries and tour the town hall ahead of her visit to nearby Dersingham Infant and Nursery School. Despite the cold weather, around 150 well wishers gathered outside King’s Lynn town hall to catch a glimpse of the monarch who wore a turquoise, grey and white wool dress, coat and matching hat by Angela Kelly

The Queen today also marked her milestone of 60 years on the throne by renewing her pledge to serve the country and echoing the famous words a young princess Elizabeth delivered in the 1940s, when she said

‘I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’

The Queen, obviously conscious of this pledge, said in her message released today: ”In this special year, I dedicate myself anew to your service and I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.’

In a heartfelt Diamond Jubilee message to the nation, the Queen also thanked all those who had given ‘wonderful support and encouragement’ to her and the Duke of Edinburgh over the past six decades.

To mark the occasion The Royal Mail has also issued a special sheet of first class stamps to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. The design of the 1st class stamp has been updated and the traditional gold background has been replaced with a blue colour scheme and the words ‘Diamond Jubilee’ highlighted in irridescent ink.

The Diamond Jubilee Miniature Sheet, issued today,  to mark the monarch’s milestone, is the first time that the official portraits of the Queen, which have been used on stamps, coins and banknotes throughout her reign, have been brought together for a set of stamps.The new collection includes a new first class diamond blue stamp, which will replace the standard gold stamp in post offices over this year.

The stamps will revert back to their original design in 2013 but are likely to become collectors’ item with both the public and avid philatelists. There are six 1st class definitive stamps – all featuring official portraits of the Queen – being issued today.

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Air – Le Voyage dans la Lune

The Seventh album by  “Air”, is a contemporary score for a rediscovered colour print Georges Méliès’s landmark 1902 movie Le Voyage dans la Lune which was recently found in Spain and has been painstakingly restored over the past few years. The album is released on 6th February 2012.

Cosmic French electronic duo Air seemed like the perfect choice to provided a contemporary soundtrack for the film, which was originally silent. and the decision to use live instruments gives their sci-fi soundscapes a warm, homemade feel, in keeping with the film.

Inspired by the film, They have also expanded on the soundtrack  to make a full-length album and The track Seven Stars also features vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand. The Colourised version of Georges Méliès’s film is also included Along with the MP3 Download of Le Voyage Dans La Lune so you can see the finished article for yourself.




  • Astronomic Club
  • Seven Stars
  • Retour Sur Terre
  • Parade
  • Moon Fever
  • Sonic Armada
  • Who Am I Now
  • Decollage
  • Cosmic Trip
  • Homme Lune
  • Lava
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Van Halen – Different Kind of Truth

Van Halen’s new album is released on 6th February 2012, it is called “Different Kind of Truth” and is the first studio album from Van Halen to feature the original Charismatic lead singer David Lee Roth since “1984”.

I think “A Different Kind of Truth” is pretty good and lives up to its name, it contains Thirteen high-volume songs and the first single from it, “Tattoo,” is A pop metal song that bangs around in the head, Killer riffs abound and the other songs rise to the level of the band’s glory days too, which is a testament to the ingredients that made up Van Halen circa ’84, and “Truth” is a confirmation that this band wasn’t a fluke.

Eddie Van Halen is still one of the meanest, most thrilling metal guitarists in the genre’s history. Throughout “A Different Kind of Truth,” Eddie maneuvers between massive speed metal sprints and his trademark wailing solo style; the latter flashy guitar runs tend to sound samey over the course of the album, but taken individually, Eddie has seldom sounded better. One listen to his contributions to “Big River” should shut up any doubters.

The album contains the tracks

  • Tattoo
  • She’s The Woman,
  • You and Your Blues,
  • China Town,
  • Blood and Fire,
  • Bullethead,
  • As Is,
  • Honeybabysweetiedoll,
  • The Trouble With Never,
  • Outta Space,
  • Stay Frosty,
  • Big River
  • Beats Workin’.